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2014-10-01 10:20 pm

Marion Berry's House Member Office (D-AR-01) posted a Blog Post on October 1, 2014 | 10:20 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

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President Obama Welcomes 2013 MLS Champs Sporting KC to the White House

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on October 1, 2014 | 8:00 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

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This afternoon, President Obama welcomed Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City to the White House in honor of the team's 2013 MLS Cup championship win.

In his remarks, the President noted the success that Kansas City sports teams are having as of late -- with the Royals advancing to the playoffs, as well as the Chiefs' blowout win over the New England Patriots this past Monday -- but gave credit to Sporting KC for being "the ones who got it all started."

"It's a pretty good day to be from Kansas City," he said.

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Gohmert on Secret Service Director's Resignation

Louie Gohmert's House Member Office (R-TX-01) posted a Video on October 1, 2014 | 7:43 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) talked to Lou Dobbs on The Fox Business Network about the resignation of the White House Secret Service Director- after a security breach rocked Washington, DC.
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2014-10-01 7:26 pm

Marion Berry's House Member Office (D-AR-01) posted a Blog Post on October 1, 2014 | 7:26 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

You Told Us: Here's What Raising the Wage Means to You

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on October 1, 2014 | 6:58 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

In this year's State of the Union, President Obama announced that he would be issuing an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their workers a minimum wage of $10.10. Today, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced a final rule that implements the Executive Order -- and the rule will benefit almost 200,000 American workers.

"By raising the minimum wage for workers on federal contracts, we're rewarding a hard day's work with fair pay," Secretary Perez said.

But there's more we can do. Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. This is personal for millions of Americans, whether they earn the current minimum wage or not.

And over the course of the past several months, tens of thousands of you have shared what raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would mean to you personally, or to your communities. You can read some of those stories by hovering over the dots on the interactive map below.

Then, learn more and share your own story at WhiteHouse.gov/Raise-the-Wage.

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Alabama

The people of Alabama need this.

The people of Alabama need this.
Susan L.
Birmingham, Alabama (map)

Alaska

Students in my community actively work many hours a week to pay for higher education…. Raising the minimum wage would allow more students to pay for college…

Students in my community actively work many hours a week to pay for higher education…. Raising the minimum wage would allow more students to pay for college…
Nicholas H
Wasilla, Alaska (map)

Arizona

As a student, I'm putting myself more and more in debt every semester, as I try to save up for a wedding at the same time. A higher minimum wage would allow me to put more toward my loans and allow me to put more away for the wedding I'm dreaming about!

As a student, I'm putting myself more and more in debt every semester, as I try to save up for a wedding at the same time. A higher minimum wage would allow me to put more toward my loans and allow me to put more away for the wedding I'm dreaming about!
Beverlee H.
Flagstaff, Arizona (map)

I currently live below the poverty line. I work part time for $8 an hour. Increasing my salary to $10.10 would allow me to use the air conditioner. While this may seem inconsequential to some, it makes all the difference to someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ in the summer where the average daytime temperature is 105.

I currently live below the poverty line. I work part time for $8 an hour. Increasing my salary to $10.10 would allow me to use the air conditioner. While this may seem inconsequential to some, it makes all the difference to someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ in the summer where the average daytime temperature is 105.
April S.
Phoenix, Arizona (map)

It would mean so much to me if I didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck, being a student and living in Arizona where the minimum wage is only seven dollars and some change. It really would make all the difference in the world.

It would mean so much to me if I didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck, being a student and living in Arizona where the minimum wage is only seven dollars and some change. It really would make all the difference in the world.
Ryan M.
Chandler, Arizona (map)

Arkansas

It would allow more people to put food on the table all month long, and reduce food insecurity and dependence on local food pantries. Our food pantries are heavily used and are struggling to meet the need.

It would allow more people to put food on the table all month long, and reduce food insecurity and dependence on local food pantries. Our food pantries are heavily used and are struggling to meet the need.
Lynita W.
Greenbrier, Arkansas (map)

California

All of the workers in our world-famous restaurants and hotels here in San Francisco will be able to care for their families with a little less worry every month. It is time to raise the minimum wage across our country.

All of the workers in our world-famous restaurants and hotels here in San Francisco will be able to care for their families with a little less worry every month. It is time to raise the minimum wage across our country.
Elaine B.
San Francisco, California (map)

I will be able to help my mother pay for the bills which she is struggling with.

I will be able to help my mother pay for the bills which she is struggling with.
Michael R.
South El Monte, California (map)

All Americans have the right to live in dignity, to feel the health of their family is secure. A few more dollars a day, a few more dollars in the savings account each month, will be a huge step toward achieving this kind of community.

All Americans have the right to live in dignity, to feel the health of their family is secure. A few more dollars a day, a few more dollars in the savings account each month, will be a huge step toward achieving this kind of community.
Rebecca F.
Blue Lake, California (map)

I am currently making minimum wage while trying to earn my mechanical engineering degree. I can't work many hours so I'm forced to take extra money from student loans to make up the difference.

I am currently making minimum wage while trying to earn my mechanical engineering degree. I can't work many hours so I'm forced to take extra money from student loans to make up the difference.
Alissa M.
Folsom, California (map)

Raising the minimum wage in my community will not only help working families, but single parent families and single working people as well. No one can sustain a decent living on the minimum wage in this day and age….

Raising the minimum wage in my community will not only help working families, but single parent families and single working people as well. No one can sustain a decent living on the minimum wage in this day and age….
Susan J.
Los Angeles, California (map)

Colorado

Families are the foundation of a great society, and livable wages help strengthen those family relationships.

Families are the foundation of a great society, and livable wages help strengthen those family relationships.
Jonathan H.
Cañon City, Colorado (map)

Connecticut

Many of my students at the Community College, where I used to teach, earned minimum wage, and they struggled--struggled to pay rent, buy gas, buy books, and take college courses. We are not a land of equality because the wealth is in the hands of a very few and the cards are stacked against those who are striving futilely to improve their standard of living.

Many of my students at the Community College, where I used to teach, earned minimum wage, and they struggled--struggled to pay rent, buy gas, buy books, and take college courses. We are not a land of equality because the wealth is in the hands of a very few and the cards are stacked against those who are striving futilely to improve their standard of living.
Madlyn B.
Essex, Connecticut (map)

Deleware

Raising the minimum wage will obviously raise the quality of life for workers and also raise their ability to have the means to further their pursuits in terms of academic training…

Raising the minimum wage will obviously raise the quality of life for workers and also raise their ability to have the means to further their pursuits in terms of academic training…
Walter A.
Wilmington, Deleware (map)

Florida

I can afford to house and feed my children.

I can afford to house and feed my children.
Natalie M.
DeLand, FL, Florida (map)

Raising the minimum wage will help my daughter, who works very hard and cannot afford to pay for the necessities.

Raising the minimum wage will help my daughter, who works very hard and cannot afford to pay for the necessities.
Renee H.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (map)

Georgia

My family lives on the edge of poverty, and raising the minimum wage would improve our ability to pay property taxes to support our son in school.

My family lives on the edge of poverty, and raising the minimum wage would improve our ability to pay property taxes to support our son in school.
John H.
Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia (map)

My family wouldn't have to choose between buying groceries or paying our mortgage. My sister and brother-in-law would be able to finish college and even start saving for their baby's college fund, instead of barely getting through each week, even with both of them working full time.

My family wouldn't have to choose between buying groceries or paying our mortgage. My sister and brother-in-law would be able to finish college and even start saving for their baby's college fund, instead of barely getting through each week, even with both of them working full time.
Desiree H.
Rincon, Georgia (map)

Everybody around me will be able to live better and be closer to fulfilling their dreams.

Everybody around me will be able to live better and be closer to fulfilling their dreams.
Eddie L.
Smyrna, Georgia (map)

Hawaii

The minimum wage in the State of Hawaii is $7.25, yet we have one of the highest costs of living in the country. By raising the minimum wage, everyone benefits: the community, the individuals, and the health and vibrancy of the economy as a whole.

The minimum wage in the State of Hawaii is $7.25, yet we have one of the highest costs of living in the country. By raising the minimum wage, everyone benefits: the community, the individuals, and the health and vibrancy of the economy as a whole.
Suzanne G.
Lahaina, Hawaii (map)

Idaho

We have a lot of students that work at minimum wage, as well as others in our town that have had trouble making ends meet. We need to value the people in our communities, and pay the small extra price to let them actively participate in the community.

We have a lot of students that work at minimum wage, as well as others in our town that have had trouble making ends meet. We need to value the people in our communities, and pay the small extra price to let them actively participate in the community.
Christine M.
Moscow, Idaho (map)

Illinois

I'm 74 and retired. But the minimum wage for every person who checks out my groceries, or other purchases is essential for these workers to live in my suburban Chicago community.

I'm 74 and retired. But the minimum wage for every person who checks out my groceries, or other purchases is essential for these workers to live in my suburban Chicago community.
Margie T.
Mt. Prospect, Illinois (map)

Indiana

Indiana doesn't offer a higher state minimum wage — we primarily live paycheck to paycheck. There have been several times we have had to choose between gasoline for the cars or food for the house.

Indiana doesn't offer a higher state minimum wage — we primarily live paycheck to paycheck. There have been several times we have had to choose between gasoline for the cars or food for the house.
Jon O.
Williamsport, Indiana (map)

Iowa

I would be able to begin to save money for my future and begin paying back my student loans.

I would be able to begin to save money for my future and begin paying back my student loans.
Justin M.
Ida Grove, Iowa (map)

Kansas

Raising the minimum wage in Wyandotte County Kansas will mean more people will be able to spend more time with their children rather than working two jobs to pay for food, clothing, shelter and health care.

Raising the minimum wage in Wyandotte County Kansas will mean more people will be able to spend more time with their children rather than working two jobs to pay for food, clothing, shelter and health care.
Terry B.
Kansas City, KS, Kansas (map)

Kentucky

My family will be able to eat better without breaking the bank. After the bills are paid it's hard to afford to eat a healthy meal.

My family will be able to eat better without breaking the bank. After the bills are paid it's hard to afford to eat a healthy meal.
Shannon M.
Nicholasville, Kentucky (map)

Louisiana

It would allow me to both feed my wife and two year old daughter, AND pay off my student loans.

It would allow me to both feed my wife and two year old daughter, AND pay off my student loans.
Daniel C.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (map)

Maine

My community has many workers piecing a living together season to season and they really need a raise.

My community has many workers piecing a living together season to season and they really need a raise.
Nancy S.
Brooksville, Maine (map)

Maryland

I am glad I live in Maryland, which just passed a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. It's progress.

I am glad I live in Maryland, which just passed a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. It's progress.
Annette B.
Bel Air, Maryland (map)

Minnesota

Minnesota has the widest disparity in the USA of income and educational outcome. Higher wages for the working poor will reduce poverty, stress, and crime, which will improve educational achievement - hungry, tired, angry children cannot learn effectively.

Minnesota has the widest disparity in the USA of income and educational outcome. Higher wages for the working poor will reduce poverty, stress, and crime, which will improve educational achievement - hungry, tired, angry children cannot learn effectively.
Tim B.
Minneapolis, Minnesota (map)

Mississippi

Mississippians desperately need a boost in the minimum wage. Let's not be last in this, too!

Mississippians desperately need a boost in the minimum wage. Let's not be last in this, too!
Dawn C.
Madison, Mississippi (map)

Missouri

I volunteer in our community food pantry and see the needs of those who just squeak by. These neighbors are hardworking people who are far different from the stereotype often presented of minimum wage workers.

I volunteer in our community food pantry and see the needs of those who just squeak by. These neighbors are hardworking people who are far different from the stereotype often presented of minimum wage workers.
Jerry C.
Kearney, Missouri (map)

Montana

Most jobs in my tourist town are minimum wage, and the costs of living are high. Raising the wage would really help Montanans!

Most jobs in my tourist town are minimum wage, and the costs of living are high. Raising the wage would really help Montanans!
Stephanie C.
Gardiner, Montana (map)

Nebraska

Raising the minimum wage will give the hard-working folks of Omaha, Nebraska, the ability to transform their lives and the lives of their children for a brighter tomorrow!

Raising the minimum wage will give the hard-working folks of Omaha, Nebraska, the ability to transform their lives and the lives of their children for a brighter tomorrow!
Lee C.
Omaha, Nebraska (map)

I am a single mom just trying to give the best life possible to my daughter. I work at a gym and am barely making minimum wage which makes it difficult to even be able to afford to pay bills, put groceries on the table and provide for our everyday needs. A raise in pay would most certainly make a big difference for us.

I am a single mom just trying to give the best life possible to my daughter. I work at a gym and am barely making minimum wage which makes it difficult to even be able to afford to pay bills, put groceries on the table and provide for our everyday needs. A raise in pay would most certainly make a big difference for us.
Ashley S.
Lexington, Nebraska (map)

Nevada

I am a Software Engineer making well above the minimum wage, but I do see a wage increase as beneficial to all of the United States. I believe it will spark growth in local communities, raise morale of employees, and overall provide a more fair and level playing field for everyone in America.

I am a Software Engineer making well above the minimum wage, but I do see a wage increase as beneficial to all of the United States. I believe it will spark growth in local communities, raise morale of employees, and overall provide a more fair and level playing field for everyone in America.
Nicholas C.
Las Vegas, Nevada (map)

New Jersey

People will be able to feed their families more nutritiously, will be able to tend to medical needs, and will be able to participate in educational and civic activities. My community and the entire U.S. economy will benefit when low-income workers have a few more dollars to spend.

People will be able to feed their families more nutritiously, will be able to tend to medical needs, and will be able to participate in educational and civic activities. My community and the entire U.S. economy will benefit when low-income workers have a few more dollars to spend.
Ellen K.
Elizabeth, New Jersey (map)

New Mexico

As a retiree, raising the minimum won't benefit me, but when I see and hear of people in my community struggling to make ends meet with the dreadfully low minimum wage as it stands today, I sincerely hope the Congress will get on and vote to raise the minimum wage.

As a retiree, raising the minimum won't benefit me, but when I see and hear of people in my community struggling to make ends meet with the dreadfully low minimum wage as it stands today, I sincerely hope the Congress will get on and vote to raise the minimum wage.
Jane E.
Taos, New Mexico (map)

New York

Most of my life, I've only earned very low wages. I don't have kids to put through college, but I like the thought of retiring someday.

Most of my life, I've only earned very low wages. I don't have kids to put through college, but I like the thought of retiring someday.
Laura P.
Albany, New York (map)

North Carolina

Many who are working the minimum wage jobs are the bread winners or supplementing their education expenses. I would happily pay more for goods and services to those businesses if they would increase the wages and make happier, more productive employees!

Many who are working the minimum wage jobs are the bread winners or supplementing their education expenses. I would happily pay more for goods and services to those businesses if they would increase the wages and make happier, more productive employees!
Micki P.
Boonville, North Carolina (map)

Ohio

I live in a community where many people work at minimum wage jobs; they work just as hard as anyone else, and deserve to earn a living wage.

I live in a community where many people work at minimum wage jobs; they work just as hard as anyone else, and deserve to earn a living wage.
Andrea F.
Cincinnati, Ohio (map)

Oklahoma

In Norman, Oklahoma, the cost of living is relatively low, yet workers earning minimum wage must work more than 70 hours a week just to pay rent. Many work two jobs and still find it hard to make ends meet. Yes! We need to increase the minimum wage.

In Norman, Oklahoma, the cost of living is relatively low, yet workers earning minimum wage must work more than 70 hours a week just to pay rent. Many work two jobs and still find it hard to make ends meet. Yes! We need to increase the minimum wage.
JoAnn R.
Norman, Oklahoma (map)

Oregon

I could afford food and not go to sleep with a headache and hunger pains.

I could afford food and not go to sleep with a headache and hunger pains.
Garret S.
Wolf Creek, Oregon (map)

Pennsylvania

As a small business owner, we are preparing to voluntarily raise our employees’ wages. We believe this will help us in the long run. We can hire people who are more dedicated and supportive of the business which will increase sales and customer loyalty. And, of course, anything that keeps dollars in our community, our neighbors, and our schools, is always welcome.

As a small business owner, we are preparing to voluntarily raise our employees’ wages. We believe this will help us in the long run. We can hire people who are more dedicated and supportive of the business which will increase sales and customer loyalty. And, of course, anything that keeps dollars in our community, our neighbors, and our schools, is always welcome.
Rebecca L.
Kutztown, Pennsylvania (map)

South Carolina

Raising the minimum wage will help me start a savings account so I can save for my future. My community will thrive because we will work for a wage we can live on!

Raising the minimum wage will help me start a savings account so I can save for my future. My community will thrive because we will work for a wage we can live on!
Hannah R.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (map)

South Dakota

I want to see this change because it's simply the right thing to do. And that alone is enough reason. And I dont yet know what's in it for me except that their happiness is mine too.

I want to see this change because it's simply the right thing to do. And that alone is enough reason. And I dont yet know what's in it for me except that their happiness is mine too.
Meron G.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (map)

Tennessee

Raising the minimum wage will allow me to be able to put myself through college. My dream is to be able to have the opportunity to go to college, where I can study to be a nurse. It's very difficult to set aside money for college when I am living from pay check to pay check. If I were to make $10.10 an hour, it would allow me to be able to have the opportunity to save money, so I can start to take a few classes at a time.

Raising the minimum wage will allow me to be able to put myself through college. My dream is to be able to have the opportunity to go to college, where I can study to be a nurse. It's very difficult to set aside money for college when I am living from pay check to pay check. If I were to make $10.10 an hour, it would allow me to be able to have the opportunity to save money, so I can start to take a few classes at a time.
Kathy L.
Kingston Springs, Tennessee (map)

Raising the minimum wage is bound to increase nutrition in this community. I have heard of people here skipping meals so their children could eat. There is something absolutely wrong with that picture.

Raising the minimum wage is bound to increase nutrition in this community. I have heard of people here skipping meals so their children could eat. There is something absolutely wrong with that picture.
Griselda S.
Rockwood, Tennessee (map)

Texas

I am an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and I visit with students, who are sometimes young parents or a single mother, and hear them speak of the hardships experienced while trying to better themselves by attending college and simultaneously holding down minimum wage jobs. A fair minimum wage of $10.10 would come closer to helping some of these young hard-working students to meet the financial hurdles they face early in life.

I am an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and I visit with students, who are sometimes young parents or a single mother, and hear them speak of the hardships experienced while trying to better themselves by attending college and simultaneously holding down minimum wage jobs. A fair minimum wage of $10.10 would come closer to helping some of these young hard-working students to meet the financial hurdles they face early in life.
Jim W.
Amarillo, Texas (map)

I'll be able to help more with the bills and help provide for my family. The cost of living is high so the minimum wage right now just doesn't cut it.

I'll be able to help more with the bills and help provide for my family. The cost of living is high so the minimum wage right now just doesn't cut it.
Sawinder G.
Garland, Texas (map)

As a struggling college student, finding jobs that work with my school schedule is difficult. I know this country prides itself on education and the importance of it, but it’s very difficult to pay to continue my education while making 7 bucks an hour in Texas.

As a struggling college student, finding jobs that work with my school schedule is difficult. I know this country prides itself on education and the importance of it, but it’s very difficult to pay to continue my education while making 7 bucks an hour in Texas.
Judith A.
Lubbock, Texas (map)

I've worked for minimum wage when I was young and I barely got by. That was in 1972. I don't know how anyone today can work for minimum wage and live out on their own let alone raise a family.

I've worked for minimum wage when I was young and I barely got by. That was in 1972. I don't know how anyone today can work for minimum wage and live out on their own let alone raise a family.
Lucille H.
Sealy, Texas (map)

It will be a tremendous boon to the parents of the students in my classroom, who have to struggle to buy their children the school supplies and uniforms they need.

It will be a tremendous boon to the parents of the students in my classroom, who have to struggle to buy their children the school supplies and uniforms they need.
Karen H.
Weslaco, Texas (map)

Utah

It won't help me, as I am retired, but if it is raised, I will be able to sleep better at night. It's the right thing to do.

It won't help me, as I am retired, but if it is raised, I will be able to sleep better at night. It's the right thing to do.
George H.
Washington, Utah (map)

Vermont

I am payed the current minimum wage, and while I don't support anyone with this fee, a slightly higher wage would raise the money I've been saving to pay for college.

I am payed the current minimum wage, and while I don't support anyone with this fee, a slightly higher wage would raise the money I've been saving to pay for college.
Lily H.
Peru, Vermont (map)

Virginia

I am a school librarian where many families hold minimum wage jobs, sometimes more than one. Raising their wages will give the kids more support, more food and nutrition so they can learn better, more time with parents who can help support their learning, more books for the home.

I am a school librarian where many families hold minimum wage jobs, sometimes more than one. Raising their wages will give the kids more support, more food and nutrition so they can learn better, more time with parents who can help support their learning, more books for the home.
Lynn R.
Alexandria, Virginia (map)

I think raising the minimum wage will help my business (computer service).  I lose business when my clients fall into poverty or otherwise cannot afford to have their computers fixed by a professional.

I think raising the minimum wage will help my business (computer service).  I lose business when my clients fall into poverty or otherwise cannot afford to have their computers fixed by a professional.
Jesse M.
Strasburg, Virginia (map)

Washington

Many of the clients I work with cannot afford to pay their electric bills on time, due to their low wages. This causes them a lot of stress.  Raising the minimum wage could help alleviate that stress. People who work full time should be able to pay their basic bills. 

Many of the clients I work with cannot afford to pay their electric bills on time, due to their low wages. This causes them a lot of stress.  Raising the minimum wage could help alleviate that stress. People who work full time should be able to pay their basic bills. 
Rachel A.
Spokane, Washington (map)

West Virginia

I grew up in West Virginia and to see my friends and family struggle with working for minimum wage makes me wish I could write them all a paycheck every two weeks.

I grew up in West Virginia and to see my friends and family struggle with working for minimum wage makes me wish I could write them all a paycheck every two weeks.
Gary G.
Salem, West Virginia (map)

Wisconsin

My daughter could focus on her career versus working three jobs to try to survive month to month.

My daughter could focus on her career versus working three jobs to try to survive month to month.
Chales G.
Hartland, Wisconsin (map)

My family wouldn’t struggle so much to make ends meet every month. We would have the money to put food on the table every night.

My family wouldn’t struggle so much to make ends meet every month. We would have the money to put food on the table every night.
Ann M.
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (map)

Wyoming

It will help thousands of single-parent families in Wyoming.

It will help thousands of single-parent families in Wyoming.
Thomas D.
Casper , Wyoming (map)

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You Told Us: Here's What Raising the Wage Means to You

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on October 1, 2014 | 6:58 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

In this year's State of the Union, President Obama announced that he would be issuing an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their workers a minimum wage of $10.10. Today, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced a final rule that implements the Executive Order -- and the rule will benefit almost 200,000 American workers.

"By raising the minimum wage for workers on federal contracts, we're rewarding a hard day's work with fair pay," Secretary Perez said.

But there's more we can do. Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. This is personal for millions of Americans, whether they earn the current minimum wage or not.

And over the course of the past several months, tens of thousands of you have shared what raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would mean to you personally, or to your communities. You can read some of those stories by hovering over the dots on the interactive map below.

Then, learn more and share your own story at WhiteHouse.gov/Raise-the-Wage.

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Alabama

The people of Alabama need this.

The people of Alabama need this.
Susan L.
Birmingham, Alabama (map)

Alaska

Students in my community actively work many hours a week to pay for higher education…. Raising the minimum wage would allow more students to pay for college…

Students in my community actively work many hours a week to pay for higher education…. Raising the minimum wage would allow more students to pay for college…
Nicholas H
Wasilla, Alaska (map)

Arizona

As a student, I'm putting myself more and more in debt every semester, as I try to save up for a wedding at the same time. A higher minimum wage would allow me to put more toward my loans and allow me to put more away for the wedding I'm dreaming about!

As a student, I'm putting myself more and more in debt every semester, as I try to save up for a wedding at the same time. A higher minimum wage would allow me to put more toward my loans and allow me to put more away for the wedding I'm dreaming about!
Beverlee H.
Flagstaff, Arizona (map)

I currently live below the poverty line. I work part time for $8 an hour. Increasing my salary to $10.10 would allow me to use the air conditioner. While this may seem inconsequential to some, it makes all the difference to someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ in the summer where the average daytime temperature is 105.

I currently live below the poverty line. I work part time for $8 an hour. Increasing my salary to $10.10 would allow me to use the air conditioner. While this may seem inconsequential to some, it makes all the difference to someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ in the summer where the average daytime temperature is 105.
April S.
Phoenix, Arizona (map)

It would mean so much to me if I didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck, being a student and living in Arizona where the minimum wage is only seven dollars and some change. It really would make all the difference in the world.

It would mean so much to me if I didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck, being a student and living in Arizona where the minimum wage is only seven dollars and some change. It really would make all the difference in the world.
Ryan M.
Chandler, Arizona (map)

Arkansas

It would allow more people to put food on the table all month long, and reduce food insecurity and dependence on local food pantries. Our food pantries are heavily used and are struggling to meet the need.

It would allow more people to put food on the table all month long, and reduce food insecurity and dependence on local food pantries. Our food pantries are heavily used and are struggling to meet the need.
Lynita W.
Greenbrier, Arkansas (map)

California

All of the workers in our world-famous restaurants and hotels here in San Francisco will be able to care for their families with a little less worry every month. It is time to raise the minimum wage across our country.

All of the workers in our world-famous restaurants and hotels here in San Francisco will be able to care for their families with a little less worry every month. It is time to raise the minimum wage across our country.
Elaine B.
San Francisco, California (map)

I will be able to help my mother pay for the bills which she is struggling with.

I will be able to help my mother pay for the bills which she is struggling with.
Michael R.
South El Monte, California (map)

All Americans have the right to live in dignity, to feel the health of their family is secure. A few more dollars a day, a few more dollars in the savings account each month, will be a huge step toward achieving this kind of community.

All Americans have the right to live in dignity, to feel the health of their family is secure. A few more dollars a day, a few more dollars in the savings account each month, will be a huge step toward achieving this kind of community.
Rebecca F.
Blue Lake, California (map)

I am currently making minimum wage while trying to earn my mechanical engineering degree. I can't work many hours so I'm forced to take extra money from student loans to make up the difference.

I am currently making minimum wage while trying to earn my mechanical engineering degree. I can't work many hours so I'm forced to take extra money from student loans to make up the difference.
Alissa M.
Folsom, California (map)

Raising the minimum wage in my community will not only help working families, but single parent families and single working people as well. No one can sustain a decent living on the minimum wage in this day and age….

Raising the minimum wage in my community will not only help working families, but single parent families and single working people as well. No one can sustain a decent living on the minimum wage in this day and age….
Susan J.
Los Angeles, California (map)

Colorado

Families are the foundation of a great society, and livable wages help strengthen those family relationships.

Families are the foundation of a great society, and livable wages help strengthen those family relationships.
Jonathan H.
Cañon City, Colorado (map)

Connecticut

Many of my students at the Community College, where I used to teach, earned minimum wage, and they struggled--struggled to pay rent, buy gas, buy books, and take college courses. We are not a land of equality because the wealth is in the hands of a very few and the cards are stacked against those who are striving futilely to improve their standard of living.

Many of my students at the Community College, where I used to teach, earned minimum wage, and they struggled--struggled to pay rent, buy gas, buy books, and take college courses. We are not a land of equality because the wealth is in the hands of a very few and the cards are stacked against those who are striving futilely to improve their standard of living.
Madlyn B.
Essex, Connecticut (map)

Deleware

Raising the minimum wage will obviously raise the quality of life for workers and also raise their ability to have the means to further their pursuits in terms of academic training…

Raising the minimum wage will obviously raise the quality of life for workers and also raise their ability to have the means to further their pursuits in terms of academic training…
Walter A.
Wilmington, Deleware (map)

Florida

I can afford to house and feed my children.

I can afford to house and feed my children.
Natalie M.
DeLand, FL, Florida (map)

Raising the minimum wage will help my daughter, who works very hard and cannot afford to pay for the necessities.

Raising the minimum wage will help my daughter, who works very hard and cannot afford to pay for the necessities.
Renee H.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (map)

Georgia

My family lives on the edge of poverty, and raising the minimum wage would improve our ability to pay property taxes to support our son in school.

My family lives on the edge of poverty, and raising the minimum wage would improve our ability to pay property taxes to support our son in school.
John H.
Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia (map)

My family wouldn't have to choose between buying groceries or paying our mortgage. My sister and brother-in-law would be able to finish college and even start saving for their baby's college fund, instead of barely getting through each week, even with both of them working full time.

My family wouldn't have to choose between buying groceries or paying our mortgage. My sister and brother-in-law would be able to finish college and even start saving for their baby's college fund, instead of barely getting through each week, even with both of them working full time.
Desiree H.
Rincon, Georgia (map)

Everybody around me will be able to live better and be closer to fulfilling their dreams.

Everybody around me will be able to live better and be closer to fulfilling their dreams.
Eddie L.
Smyrna, Georgia (map)

Hawaii

The minimum wage in the State of Hawaii is $7.25, yet we have one of the highest costs of living in the country. By raising the minimum wage, everyone benefits: the community, the individuals, and the health and vibrancy of the economy as a whole.

The minimum wage in the State of Hawaii is $7.25, yet we have one of the highest costs of living in the country. By raising the minimum wage, everyone benefits: the community, the individuals, and the health and vibrancy of the economy as a whole.
Suzanne G.
Lahaina, Hawaii (map)

Idaho

We have a lot of students that work at minimum wage, as well as others in our town that have had trouble making ends meet. We need to value the people in our communities, and pay the small extra price to let them actively participate in the community.

We have a lot of students that work at minimum wage, as well as others in our town that have had trouble making ends meet. We need to value the people in our communities, and pay the small extra price to let them actively participate in the community.
Christine M.
Moscow, Idaho (map)

Illinois

I'm 74 and retired. But the minimum wage for every person who checks out my groceries, or other purchases is essential for these workers to live in my suburban Chicago community.

I'm 74 and retired. But the minimum wage for every person who checks out my groceries, or other purchases is essential for these workers to live in my suburban Chicago community.
Margie T.
Mt. Prospect, Illinois (map)

Indiana

Indiana doesn't offer a higher state minimum wage — we primarily live paycheck to paycheck. There have been several times we have had to choose between gasoline for the cars or food for the house.

Indiana doesn't offer a higher state minimum wage — we primarily live paycheck to paycheck. There have been several times we have had to choose between gasoline for the cars or food for the house.
Jon O.
Williamsport, Indiana (map)

Iowa

I would be able to begin to save money for my future and begin paying back my student loans.

I would be able to begin to save money for my future and begin paying back my student loans.
Justin M.
Ida Grove, Iowa (map)

Kansas

Raising the minimum wage in Wyandotte County Kansas will mean more people will be able to spend more time with their children rather than working two jobs to pay for food, clothing, shelter and health care.

Raising the minimum wage in Wyandotte County Kansas will mean more people will be able to spend more time with their children rather than working two jobs to pay for food, clothing, shelter and health care.
Terry B.
Kansas City, KS, Kansas (map)

Kentucky

My family will be able to eat better without breaking the bank. After the bills are paid it's hard to afford to eat a healthy meal.

My family will be able to eat better without breaking the bank. After the bills are paid it's hard to afford to eat a healthy meal.
Shannon M.
Nicholasville, Kentucky (map)

Louisiana

It would allow me to both feed my wife and two year old daughter, AND pay off my student loans.

It would allow me to both feed my wife and two year old daughter, AND pay off my student loans.
Daniel C.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (map)

Maine

My community has many workers piecing a living together season to season and they really need a raise.

My community has many workers piecing a living together season to season and they really need a raise.
Nancy S.
Brooksville, Maine (map)

Maryland

I am glad I live in Maryland, which just passed a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. It's progress.

I am glad I live in Maryland, which just passed a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. It's progress.
Annette B.
Bel Air, Maryland (map)

Minnesota

Minnesota has the widest disparity in the USA of income and educational outcome. Higher wages for the working poor will reduce poverty, stress, and crime, which will improve educational achievement - hungry, tired, angry children cannot learn effectively.

Minnesota has the widest disparity in the USA of income and educational outcome. Higher wages for the working poor will reduce poverty, stress, and crime, which will improve educational achievement - hungry, tired, angry children cannot learn effectively.
Tim B.
Minneapolis, Minnesota (map)

Mississippi

Mississippians desperately need a boost in the minimum wage. Let's not be last in this, too!

Mississippians desperately need a boost in the minimum wage. Let's not be last in this, too!
Dawn C.
Madison, Mississippi (map)

Missouri

I volunteer in our community food pantry and see the needs of those who just squeak by. These neighbors are hardworking people who are far different from the stereotype often presented of minimum wage workers.

I volunteer in our community food pantry and see the needs of those who just squeak by. These neighbors are hardworking people who are far different from the stereotype often presented of minimum wage workers.
Jerry C.
Kearney, Missouri (map)

Montana

Most jobs in my tourist town are minimum wage, and the costs of living are high. Raising the wage would really help Montanans!

Most jobs in my tourist town are minimum wage, and the costs of living are high. Raising the wage would really help Montanans!
Stephanie C.
Gardiner, Montana (map)

Nebraska

Raising the minimum wage will give the hard-working folks of Omaha, Nebraska, the ability to transform their lives and the lives of their children for a brighter tomorrow!

Raising the minimum wage will give the hard-working folks of Omaha, Nebraska, the ability to transform their lives and the lives of their children for a brighter tomorrow!
Lee C.
Omaha, Nebraska (map)

I am a single mom just trying to give the best life possible to my daughter. I work at a gym and am barely making minimum wage which makes it difficult to even be able to afford to pay bills, put groceries on the table and provide for our everyday needs. A raise in pay would most certainly make a big difference for us.

I am a single mom just trying to give the best life possible to my daughter. I work at a gym and am barely making minimum wage which makes it difficult to even be able to afford to pay bills, put groceries on the table and provide for our everyday needs. A raise in pay would most certainly make a big difference for us.
Ashley S.
Lexington, Nebraska (map)

Nevada

I am a Software Engineer making well above the minimum wage, but I do see a wage increase as beneficial to all of the United States. I believe it will spark growth in local communities, raise morale of employees, and overall provide a more fair and level playing field for everyone in America.

I am a Software Engineer making well above the minimum wage, but I do see a wage increase as beneficial to all of the United States. I believe it will spark growth in local communities, raise morale of employees, and overall provide a more fair and level playing field for everyone in America.
Nicholas C.
Las Vegas, Nevada (map)

New Jersey

People will be able to feed their families more nutritiously, will be able to tend to medical needs, and will be able to participate in educational and civic activities. My community and the entire U.S. economy will benefit when low-income workers have a few more dollars to spend.

People will be able to feed their families more nutritiously, will be able to tend to medical needs, and will be able to participate in educational and civic activities. My community and the entire U.S. economy will benefit when low-income workers have a few more dollars to spend.
Ellen K.
Elizabeth, New Jersey (map)

New Mexico

As a retiree, raising the minimum won't benefit me, but when I see and hear of people in my community struggling to make ends meet with the dreadfully low minimum wage as it stands today, I sincerely hope the Congress will get on and vote to raise the minimum wage.

As a retiree, raising the minimum won't benefit me, but when I see and hear of people in my community struggling to make ends meet with the dreadfully low minimum wage as it stands today, I sincerely hope the Congress will get on and vote to raise the minimum wage.
Jane E.
Taos, New Mexico (map)

New York

Most of my life, I've only earned very low wages. I don't have kids to put through college, but I like the thought of retiring someday.

Most of my life, I've only earned very low wages. I don't have kids to put through college, but I like the thought of retiring someday.
Laura P.
Albany, New York (map)

North Carolina

Many who are working the minimum wage jobs are the bread winners or supplementing their education expenses. I would happily pay more for goods and services to those businesses if they would increase the wages and make happier, more productive employees!

Many who are working the minimum wage jobs are the bread winners or supplementing their education expenses. I would happily pay more for goods and services to those businesses if they would increase the wages and make happier, more productive employees!
Micki P.
Boonville, North Carolina (map)

Ohio

I live in a community where many people work at minimum wage jobs; they work just as hard as anyone else, and deserve to earn a living wage.

I live in a community where many people work at minimum wage jobs; they work just as hard as anyone else, and deserve to earn a living wage.
Andrea F.
Cincinnati, Ohio (map)

Oklahoma

In Norman, Oklahoma, the cost of living is relatively low, yet workers earning minimum wage must work more than 70 hours a week just to pay rent. Many work two jobs and still find it hard to make ends meet. Yes! We need to increase the minimum wage.

In Norman, Oklahoma, the cost of living is relatively low, yet workers earning minimum wage must work more than 70 hours a week just to pay rent. Many work two jobs and still find it hard to make ends meet. Yes! We need to increase the minimum wage.
JoAnn R.
Norman, Oklahoma (map)

Oregon

I could afford food and not go to sleep with a headache and hunger pains.

I could afford food and not go to sleep with a headache and hunger pains.
Garret S.
Wolf Creek, Oregon (map)

Pennsylvania

As a small business owner, we are preparing to voluntarily raise our employees’ wages. We believe this will help us in the long run. We can hire people who are more dedicated and supportive of the business which will increase sales and customer loyalty. And, of course, anything that keeps dollars in our community, our neighbors, and our schools, is always welcome.

As a small business owner, we are preparing to voluntarily raise our employees’ wages. We believe this will help us in the long run. We can hire people who are more dedicated and supportive of the business which will increase sales and customer loyalty. And, of course, anything that keeps dollars in our community, our neighbors, and our schools, is always welcome.
Rebecca L.
Kutztown, Pennsylvania (map)

South Carolina

Raising the minimum wage will help me start a savings account so I can save for my future. My community will thrive because we will work for a wage we can live on!

Raising the minimum wage will help me start a savings account so I can save for my future. My community will thrive because we will work for a wage we can live on!
Hannah R.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (map)

South Dakota

I want to see this change because it's simply the right thing to do. And that alone is enough reason. And I dont yet know what's in it for me except that their happiness is mine too.

I want to see this change because it's simply the right thing to do. And that alone is enough reason. And I dont yet know what's in it for me except that their happiness is mine too.
Meron G.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (map)

Tennessee

Raising the minimum wage will allow me to be able to put myself through college. My dream is to be able to have the opportunity to go to college, where I can study to be a nurse. It's very difficult to set aside money for college when I am living from pay check to pay check. If I were to make $10.10 an hour, it would allow me to be able to have the opportunity to save money, so I can start to take a few classes at a time.

Raising the minimum wage will allow me to be able to put myself through college. My dream is to be able to have the opportunity to go to college, where I can study to be a nurse. It's very difficult to set aside money for college when I am living from pay check to pay check. If I were to make $10.10 an hour, it would allow me to be able to have the opportunity to save money, so I can start to take a few classes at a time.
Kathy L.
Kingston Springs, Tennessee (map)

Raising the minimum wage is bound to increase nutrition in this community. I have heard of people here skipping meals so their children could eat. There is something absolutely wrong with that picture.

Raising the minimum wage is bound to increase nutrition in this community. I have heard of people here skipping meals so their children could eat. There is something absolutely wrong with that picture.
Griselda S.
Rockwood, Tennessee (map)

Texas

I am an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and I visit with students, who are sometimes young parents or a single mother, and hear them speak of the hardships experienced while trying to better themselves by attending college and simultaneously holding down minimum wage jobs. A fair minimum wage of $10.10 would come closer to helping some of these young hard-working students to meet the financial hurdles they face early in life.

I am an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and I visit with students, who are sometimes young parents or a single mother, and hear them speak of the hardships experienced while trying to better themselves by attending college and simultaneously holding down minimum wage jobs. A fair minimum wage of $10.10 would come closer to helping some of these young hard-working students to meet the financial hurdles they face early in life.
Jim W.
Amarillo, Texas (map)

I'll be able to help more with the bills and help provide for my family. The cost of living is high so the minimum wage right now just doesn't cut it.

I'll be able to help more with the bills and help provide for my family. The cost of living is high so the minimum wage right now just doesn't cut it.
Sawinder G.
Garland, Texas (map)

As a struggling college student, finding jobs that work with my school schedule is difficult. I know this country prides itself on education and the importance of it, but it’s very difficult to pay to continue my education while making 7 bucks an hour in Texas.

As a struggling college student, finding jobs that work with my school schedule is difficult. I know this country prides itself on education and the importance of it, but it’s very difficult to pay to continue my education while making 7 bucks an hour in Texas.
Judith A.
Lubbock, Texas (map)

I've worked for minimum wage when I was young and I barely got by. That was in 1972. I don't know how anyone today can work for minimum wage and live out on their own let alone raise a family.

I've worked for minimum wage when I was young and I barely got by. That was in 1972. I don't know how anyone today can work for minimum wage and live out on their own let alone raise a family.
Lucille H.
Sealy, Texas (map)

It will be a tremendous boon to the parents of the students in my classroom, who have to struggle to buy their children the school supplies and uniforms they need.

It will be a tremendous boon to the parents of the students in my classroom, who have to struggle to buy their children the school supplies and uniforms they need.
Karen H.
Weslaco, Texas (map)

Utah

It won't help me, as I am retired, but if it is raised, I will be able to sleep better at night. It's the right thing to do.

It won't help me, as I am retired, but if it is raised, I will be able to sleep better at night. It's the right thing to do.
George H.
Washington, Utah (map)

Vermont

I am payed the current minimum wage, and while I don't support anyone with this fee, a slightly higher wage would raise the money I've been saving to pay for college.

I am payed the current minimum wage, and while I don't support anyone with this fee, a slightly higher wage would raise the money I've been saving to pay for college.
Lily H.
Peru, Vermont (map)

Virginia

I am a school librarian where many families hold minimum wage jobs, sometimes more than one. Raising their wages will give the kids more support, more food and nutrition so they can learn better, more time with parents who can help support their learning, more books for the home.

I am a school librarian where many families hold minimum wage jobs, sometimes more than one. Raising their wages will give the kids more support, more food and nutrition so they can learn better, more time with parents who can help support their learning, more books for the home.
Lynn R.
Alexandria, Virginia (map)

I think raising the minimum wage will help my business (computer service).  I lose business when my clients fall into poverty or otherwise cannot afford to have their computers fixed by a professional.

I think raising the minimum wage will help my business (computer service).  I lose business when my clients fall into poverty or otherwise cannot afford to have their computers fixed by a professional.
Jesse M.
Strasburg, Virginia (map)

Washington

Many of the clients I work with cannot afford to pay their electric bills on time, due to their low wages. This causes them a lot of stress.  Raising the minimum wage could help alleviate that stress. People who work full time should be able to pay their basic bills. 

Many of the clients I work with cannot afford to pay their electric bills on time, due to their low wages. This causes them a lot of stress.  Raising the minimum wage could help alleviate that stress. People who work full time should be able to pay their basic bills. 
Rachel A.
Spokane, Washington (map)

West Virginia

I grew up in West Virginia and to see my friends and family struggle with working for minimum wage makes me wish I could write them all a paycheck every two weeks.

I grew up in West Virginia and to see my friends and family struggle with working for minimum wage makes me wish I could write them all a paycheck every two weeks.
Gary G.
Salem, West Virginia (map)

Wisconsin

My daughter could focus on her career versus working three jobs to try to survive month to month.

My daughter could focus on her career versus working three jobs to try to survive month to month.
Chales G.
Hartland, Wisconsin (map)

My family wouldn’t struggle so much to make ends meet every month. We would have the money to put food on the table every night.

My family wouldn’t struggle so much to make ends meet every month. We would have the money to put food on the table every night.
Ann M.
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (map)

Wyoming

It will help thousands of single-parent families in Wyoming.

It will help thousands of single-parent families in Wyoming.
Thomas D.
Casper , Wyoming (map)

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2014-10-01 6:20 pm

Marion Berry's House Member Office (D-AR-01) posted a Blog Post on October 1, 2014 | 6:20 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

President Obama Signs Kentucky Disaster Declaration

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on October 1, 2014 | 6:14 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of August 18-23, 2014.

Federal funding is available to commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in the counties of Floyd, Johnson, Knott, and Pike.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the commonwealth.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named W. Michael Moore as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. 

FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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